Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lesson 3 : MANUAL ~ My Cat Cheetoh!

***You can click on the picture to enlarge!
Camera: canon rebel xsi
Focal length: 50 mm
Aperture 1.8
Shutter speed: 1/13
ISO: 100

I started with f 2.8+1/6, but I wanted more blur in the background, so I chose f 1.8+1/13. It was 7:13 p.m., after the sun had already set and it was getting dark quickly, so I needed to let in more light with the aperture I chose. I'm getting better at hand holding because it seems I never have my tripod with me when I need it, therefore I'm getting lots of practice, without it! Lol

Wow, this was a big week and my head is still spinning from everything I learned and put into practice! We were in Manual Mode.....in other words.....no more auto modes! It was a little challenging at first because there was so much to think about, but now I have a better understanding of how the Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO work together to get a correct exposure.

In this lesson I learned how to meter, how to use exposure rulers and how to read and use histograms. I can't believe it....I now know how to get the perfect exposure! I'm so excited about this because I have so many photos that are under or over exposed or have blown out spots.

I absolutely LOVE being in control of the controls on my camera! I'm learning so much and I'm learning even more, in our forum and weekly chats, where we can ask the teacher and other students questions. This class is fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in photography and learning how to use your camera!!! Here is a link to the next class I will be taking: Portrait Photography with Candice Stringham
***Here are mine and my teacher's comments...
[Sep 28, 2009 at 01:21 AM]
Candice, now I'm wondering if I should have increased my ISO, so I could have had a little faster shutter speed, to freeze motion in the event that my cat Cheetoh would have moved while I was taking the pic. I didn't have motion blur or camera shake, so is this slow shutter speed ok?
[Oct 12, 2009 at 10:13 PM]
Debra! This is beautiful! Seriously lovely! The lighting, the color and the exposure are all great as well as your very majestic cat! But you were right in your comment, it would be best next time to use a higher ISO so you can get a faster shutter speed. You were so steady, and very lucky at 1/13th not to have any camra shake. I'm quite amazed! But next time just to be safe move the ISO up until you can get at least 1/6oth. Really great work on this though. It is wonderful.
[Oct 13, 2009 at 04:25 AM]
Wow! Thank you Candice! I'm so ecstatic that you like my photo and that I got the lighting and the exposure just right. Woo Hoo....I'm on cloud nine right now! I will try to remember that I need a shutter speed of at least 1/60th when using such an open aperture.


  1. This is a great shot! I'm impressed that you did it holding your camera.
    Where are you taking a class? I would love to do that, because I have a lot to learn!

  2. Mari, I added a link to the class in my post. Sorry about that, I meant to add it before I published my post, but forgot. :)

  3. I have a Canon and a Kodak, which can be switched to manual, but I don't know enough about it so I just use the presets. I'll have to dig out my manuals and see what I can learn.
    Thanks for the class information. I'll check them out.

  4. It looks like a wonderful class. I bookmarked it to check into later, maybe after the new year.



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